MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,199 this week

Toward the Unknown (1956)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  October 1956 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 318 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 5 critic

At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 11 May 2011
 
a list of 100 titles
created 15 May 2011
 
a list of 4281 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
War
a list of 92 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 88 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Toward the Unknown (1956)

Toward the Unknown (1956) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Toward the Unknown.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

David Harvey is a widower with a young son, Davey. They live on an isolated Ohio farm during the pioneer days. He wants his son to be raised in the manner his wife would have wanted - with ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

Directors: Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis
Stars: Tim Holt, Bonita Granville, Kent Smith
The Deep Six (1958)
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The conflict between duty and conscience is explored in this WWII drama. Alan Ladd stars as Naval gunnery officer Alec Austin, a Quaker whose sincere pacifist sentiments do not sit well ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Alan Ladd, Dianne Foster, William Bendix
Dear Heart (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Single and alone, Evie arrives in New York for the annual Postmasters' convention. Staying at her hotel is a womanising salesman newly promoted to his marketing department and trying to ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, Angela Lansbury
Certificate: M Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Garner, Etchika Choureau, Jack Warden
Female (1933)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Dieterle, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

College students Andy Shaeffer and Susan Daniels are pinned. While Susan works hard to put herself through college, Andy sponges off his parents, his mother, Madeline Shaeffer, who in ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler
Stars: Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Jessie Royce Landis
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On the day that World War II ends in Europe, Mayor George Boswell recalls events of the previous 25 years in his home town of Browdley. As councilman and newspaper editor George has fought ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: John Mills, Martha Scott, Patricia Roc
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Army veterans, just mustered out of the service, are going to the one of the men's brothers ranch on their way West. Just as they arrive, Indians attack the ranch and kill the brother. The ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

World War II home front romantic comedy in which a war correspondent's wife wants a divorce along with his help in choosing her next husband.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Ann Sothern, Melvyn Douglas, Lee Bowman
Santiago (1956)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A gun runner, dishonorably discharged from the military, is swept deeper into a revolution in Cuba when he crosses paths with an enemy from the past and a beautiful revolutionary and her son.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Alan Ladd, Rossana Podestà, Lloyd Nolan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Maj. Lincoln Bond
...
Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Virginia Leith ...
Connie Mitchell
...
Col. 'Mickey' McKee
...
Maj. Bromo Lee
...
Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby
...
Lt. Col. Joe Craven
...
2nd Lt. Sweeney
...
Polly Craven
Bartlett Robinson ...
Senator Black
...
Hank - Bell Technical Rep.
Ralph Moody ...
Harvey Gilbert
Maura Murphy ...
Sarah McKee
Carol Kelly ...
Debbie
Edit

Storyline

USAF Major Lincoln Bond is captured, tortured and released from a POW camp in Korea. After the war he returns to the US where he is re-assigned as a test pilot at the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The Air Force is testing the new experimental aircraft Gilbert XF-120 fighter. The acceptance of the new aircraft by the Air Force is dependent on successful tests designed to prove the aircraft's reliability and safety. However, when Major Bond flies the prototype he encounters a problem that points out a dangerous structural flaw. This could threaten the aircraft's acceptance by the Air Force and derail the whole project. Major Bond's commanding officer and some of his colleagues start to suspect that Major Bond is imagining things because of his mental condition dating back to his imprisonment and torture in the Korean POW camp. Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This is the Story of Link Bond, Hottest of 'Em All... But So Hot He Burned Nearly Everyone He Touched... See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Einst kommt die Stunde  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The uncredited little boy playing James Garner's son is five-year-old actor Jon Provost who a year later would start playing "Timmy" in the TV series Lassie (1954). See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Bond observes General Banner crash his aircraft, it's referred to as an "F-102". In reality the hulk that Banner is pulled from is a Convair XF-92, the experimental predecessor to the F-102 Delta Dart. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Gen. Bill Banner: [to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.
See more »

Soundtracks

The U.S. Air Force
by Robert Crawford
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Somebody needs to release this movie to video or DVD!!!
1 August 2002 | by (Quincy, FL USA) – See all my reviews

As a life-long military aviation buff,this is one of my favorite movies. Other reviewers here have mentioned that it contains a few technical inaccuracies and some formulaic characters and plot devices.This is true, but it is a piece of '50s film-making and some of that is to be expected.It has also been mentioned as a great companion piece to "The Right Stuff", with which I wholly agree. In 1984, when seeing TRS for the first time, I thought "The folks who made this obviously saw "Toward the Unknown" and copied some of its style", especially in the scenes where aircraft are shown from above climbing towards the camera with the desert in the background. One reviewer refers to the "fictitious bomber" in the movie. The bomber was quite real, being the XB-51, which was tested but never adopted for service. I've always been a fan of the "X" series of rocket planes and the pilots who flew them, and the inclusion of the beautiful, dart-like Bell X-2 in this film is one of its highlights for me. About fifteen years ago I had a taped from TV copy of this movie that I got off of TBS or TNT, but it is long since bit the dust. I'd dearly love to have it on DVD.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WB Archives DVD MAJOR Disappointment gemaisack
Nicest, most understanding general ever parillamilt
I was a kid at Edwards hankpac
Just released on DVD-R TODAY!! OH JOY!! u31510
MS. LEITH....... BG43214
Favorite scene arbitrarydissent
Discuss Toward the Unknown (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?